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    • Sep26Tue

      What is right?

      A sermon on Matthew 20: the landowners and the vineyard labourers September 26, 2023 by Sebastian Meadows-Helmer
      Filed Under:
      Pr. Carey, Pr. Sebastian

      As I mentioned before, this is an edited version of Carey’s sermon for today.

      Often when we hear a parable,  

      we try to find where we fit into the story.  

      We may identify with different angles of the story, we may focus on different parts of the story

      which helps us to understand it

      Perhaps the situation of the early ...

    • Sep14Thu

      Healing & Reconciliation of Community

      Matthew 18 September 14, 2023 by Sebastian Meadows-Helmer
      Filed Under:
      Pr. Sebastian

      You know, I have a problem with one of my neighbours.

      It’s a problem which has been going on for some years now.  

      Well my neighbour,

      They have their sump pump runoff  

      connected to a hose which squirts out water  

      onto the street.

      Now as I understand it,  

      sump pumps are supposed to empty onto your yard,  


    • Aug6Sun

      The Miracle Meal

      Matthew 14 August 6, 2023 by Sebastian Meadows-Helmer
      Filed Under:
      Pr. Sebastian

      Ten years ago, I was fortunate to lead a tour group  

      to the Holy Land.  

      It was amazing to see some of the places where the events of  

      Jesus likely occurred.  

      The sites around the Sea of Galilee were most meaningful to me,  

      as some of the landscape hasn’t changed much in 2000 years.

      A place that particularly...

    • Aug3Thu

      Nothing can separate us from God’s Love

      Romans 8 August 3, 2023 by Sebastian Meadows-Helmer
      Filed Under:
      Pr. Sebastian

      It’s hard to believe,  

      but it’s been over 30 years since I was confirmed.  

      My confirmation classes took place every Thursday evening for a year when I was in Grade 8,  

      at St. John’s Lutheran church in downtown Montreal,  

      the church where I was baptized and my family were members.  

      My confirmation...

    • Jul26Wed

      Weeds and Wheat: Which?

      Matthew 13:24-30 July 26, 2023 by Sebastian Meadows-Helmer
      Filed Under:
      Pr. Sebastian

      Many toxic plant have look-alikes that are harmless or even tasty (Wild Carrot vs. Poison Hemlock).…

      Sometimes it is very challenging to distinguish the wheat from the weeds.

      One helpful way, a Lutheran way, to look at this  

      is to remember Luther’s claim,  

      that we are at the same time saint and sinner. ( ...

    • Jul9Sun

      The Fantastic Invitation

      Matthew 11:28-30 July 9, 2023 by Sebastian Meadows-Helmer
      Filed Under:
      Pr. Sebastian

      Our sermon text today is from our Gospel of Matthew reading,  

      and it’s sometime entitled “The Great Invitation”.

      I’ll read it to you again in the Eugene Peterson translation.

      Jesus says: “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life....

    • Jul6Thu

      Perseverance through Faith

      A sermon on 1 Samuel 1-2 July 6, 2023 by Sebastian Meadows-Helmer

      There’s the saying that  

      “behind every successful man there stands a woman”,

      So it’s fitting that for Samuel,  

      one of the most important prophets and judges,  

      who shepherded the transition of ancient Israel to the monarchy,

      That his origin story starts with his mom.

      Little is known about the lives of...

    • Jun26Mon

      Food justice for all!

      A sermon on Leviticus 19:9-11 (Indigenous Peoples' Sunday: Food Sovereignty) June 26, 2023 by Sebastian Meadows-Helmer
      Filed Under:
      Pr. Sebastian

      In our reading from Leviticus this morning, the key to holy living is that we

      must care for those living at the margins. This is not just an option, but a command from God,  

      which applies to all people.

      The command to seek food justice for the poor is as important as prohibitions on incest and human sacrifice,  

      Seeking food security...

    • May24Wed

      Witness and worship

      An Ascension Sunday sermon May 24, 2023 by Sebastian Meadows-Helmer
      Filed Under:
      Pr. Sebastian

      Our Gospel text from the very end of the Gospel of Luke,

      tells of the last appearance of the risen Christ to his disciples.

      It's the last time he'll really be seen by them

      in a more or less material-physical sense

      before he disappears and says goodbye to them.

      He then “ascended into heaven,”

      as we testify in the Creeds.

      There are two...

    • Apr18Tue

      Hope and healing through the power of the resurrection

      A sermon on 1 Peter 1: 3-9 April 18, 2023 by Sebastian Meadows-Helmer

      The Second Sunday of Easter is often called Low Sunday.  

      Some refer to it  

      as like a “postpartum depression Sunday”  

      after the high mountaintop experiences of Holy Week.  

      We’re back to normal or below-average attendance,  

      the music is more subdued,  

      and the flowers are either past their...